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Opinion

  • Good help for Pearsons

    We are sorry the Pearson Brothers lost their home (“Fire injures Shelbyville man, leaves his brother homeless,” Dec. 17) but thankful the two are still alive. We have known the Pearson family our whole lives and found them to be nice and helpful people to neighbors. Our community will continue to assist and rally around the two brothers.
    The tasks/ jobs performed by Shelbyville Fire and Police departments and the Shelby County Sheriff’s office were extraordinary and commendable.

  • Here we are, the 52nd week of the year, a lost week, as I see it. Nothing gets done, no one is around, and we are left with an unseemly and neck-snapping transformation from the Most Wonderful Week of the Year to what I consider The Most Awful.
    Don’t agree?  I present my case. Here is a countdown of 52 reasons why I hate the 52nd week of the year:
    52. Doesn’t it seem as if you’re the only person/company/group working while everyone else is off?

  • The grade-point averages have been calculated, and Shelby County has had a good year based on how we have graded against the agenda we established in January.
    There will be no long speeches at graduation and no entry into an Ivy League school, but the grades we posted for 2010 would solidly qualify us for a college education at almost any school of our choosing.
    Based on a 4.0 scale, we as citizens have earned a  3.34
    We think that deserves a round of applause, but the ovation should not be delivered while standing.

  • Jolly Old St. Nicholas, lend your ear this way. But don’t be afraid to tell everyone what we’re going to say.
    Christmas Eve is coming soon, now you Dear Old Man, we’ll whisper what you’ll bring to we. Please help us if you can.
    Our requests won’t add weight to your million-ton bag or create much drag on your supersonic sleigh. In fact, we think to do so would be sad.
    As for us our little heads aren’t very bright.
    But we’ll tell you please, dear Santa Claus, what we think is right.

  • There are so many firsts these days for Collins High School that perhaps we need to develop a time capsule and put inside it a long list to record them all.

    We make this suggestion in the wake of the historic – by several definitions – performance of cross-country runner Caterina Karas.

  • The little girl regarded the question from the corpulent man in a bright red suit. Her dark, almond eyes were caught somewhere between enamor and fear but dead-on serious. There was no smile, but no tears, either.

  • We understand that during election season issues that have no immediacy will be placed on back burners by legislative bodies, allowing them to remain just warm enough to be alive but not gurgling and bubbling loud enough necessarily to be noticed.

    Members of those bodies campaigning for re-election are sensitive to decisions that may attract controversy, and they don’t want to see these campaigns waylaid by a vote on an item that just as easily could be done in December as August.

  • We must in the sense of fairness today congratulate those who did the work, made the decision and, ultimately, took down the final barriers to open the Shelbyville Bypass.

    We have catcalled, cajoled and even cried a bit these past few years as the bypass construction moved a long at a pace that was both insensitive to local residents and insulting to taxpayers in general,

    But now the road is open, and all is right in the world.

  • We have praised Lee Bean, the minister at Dover Baptist Church, for his efforts to start a men’s homeless shelter in the county. He deserved that praise, and now he deserves a second helping.

    His Open Door of Hope has in one year found a way to move out of a cramped apartment in the downtown Shelbyville corridor into a full home with a yard that is located in an even more appropriate setting.

  • The report last week by the U.S Surgeon General about the even more damaging effects of smoking – that brief exposures to even second-hand smoke can cause immediate and significant problems for your body – should light a fire under discussions in Shelby County about creating a smoking policy for restaurants.

  • Normally a huge manufacturing company’s decision for changes both good and bad would escape the range of our focus.

    But the Ford Motor Company’s announcement Thursday of a huge investment in one of its plants in Louisville, an investment that will add hundreds of jobs to the market, can’t escape our gratitude.

  • Tuesday of this week marked the 69th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Indeed, Dec. 7, 1941 has become, just as President Roosevelt proclaimed, “a date which will live in infamy.” Other dates and events are embedded into the fabric of our country as well: July 4, 1776. Nov. 22, 1963 (when JFK was assassinated). Jan. 28, 1986 (the day the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded). Sept. 11,2001.

  • The reasons why we serve are as varied and diverse as the American men and women who wear our nation’s uniforms.

    There are those who serve for personal pride and a yearning to give back to their community and to stand against those that threaten their home. Others serve for the tangible benefits of an education and financial stability.

  • Many of you probably are wondering, perhaps in perplexity or blissful ignorance, about why it is such a big deal that the gym and basketball court at Shelby County High School have been named in honor of iconic athletic star Mike Casey.

    Many of you – dare I say most? – weren’t around Shelby County nearly 50 years ago, when Casey was establishing himself as a humble hero for the masses of boys and girls and the young and old who flocked to see him play.

  •  There continues to be a very public and acrimonious spat between the management of Shelby Energy and some of its customers.

  • After months of decision-making and planning, the Shelby County School Board got it right with the way it handled the dedication of the new Mike Casey Gymnasium.

    Such events are christenings, bottle-breaking sorts of affairs. Often the dignitaries are unfamiliar to those attending and thus unimportant in the scheme of things.

  • To our newly elected leaders:

    Congratulations on assuming your new responsibilities of working for one of the most important bosses of your life: your neighbors.

  • We have seen in recent weeks some small streaks of light shining through what has been recently a troubling veneer of opacity generated by Shelby Energy Cooperative.

    We have listened and watched during these past months as members of the cooperative have raised a lengthy list of questions that sometimes have gone unanswered, sometimes drawn incomplete responses and, in almost every occasion, taken long periods of time to receive.

  • We think it’s a wonderful thing that the folks at Centenary United Methodist Church want to do for Duanne Puckett – again.

    They are raising money to buy her a new van, and we don’t think anyone deserves the assistance more than Ms. Puckett, because in her story is inspiration for all of us.

  • We were glad to see that real estate professionals Larry Rogers and Donald Hamilton have stepped forward to purchase at foreclosure the former Bluegrass Bowling Center.

    We’re pleased that this valuable piece of property is in the hands of men who have been dedicated to the development of Shelby County.

    But they – and all of us – need your help.